12 years after their last studio album, Brooks & Dunn are gearing up to revisit the hits with their forthcoming collaboration album, Reboot.
Set for release on April 5, the album will feature 12 timeless Brooks & Dunn songs to new arrangements with some of country music’s best rising talent. Lending their voices to the updated songs will be Kacey Musgraves, Jon Pardi, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, LANCO, Midland, Ashley McBryde, Cody Johnson, Brothers Osborne and Tyler Booth.
“This whole experience has been humbling to say the least. What a cool rush to hear somebody do one of your tunes in a unique way, and it still holds up,” said the duo’s Ronnie Dunn in a press release. “That’s the greatest compliment you can get as an artist. People used to ask us all the time about the legacy we wanted to leave, and it’s honestly just that – you hope the music stands up over time. This is the first opportunity we’ve had to run it up a new flagpole…and it really flies.”
“They’re making their own music,” added B&D’s other half, Kix Brooks. “But just like we did, they still remember and respect the music they grew up with. It makes you feel good that these acts were inspired by us in some small way.”
The project was partly inspired by a cover video Luke Combs posted several years back singing the hit “Brand New Man.” After seeing his cover, along with several others, Brooks & Dunn realized it might make for a good excuse to get back in the studio with the best Nashville has to offer.
On Friday, Feb. 8, the duo revealed the first two tracks from Reboot, Luke Combs’ cover of “Brand New Man” and Kane Brown’s cover of “Believe.” Getting into the studio with their biggest inspirations was a milestone moment for both of the rising superstars.
“Brooks & Dunn’s music absolutely had a tremendous impact on me,” said Combs. “To me, they invented that foot stomping, driving sound. And it’s so cool that this has turned into such an awesome album, with artists that actually grew up listening to Brooks & Dunn. Their music was so influential to us that having the chance to come in and bounce ideas off the guys and sing with them in the studio was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
“I’ve never really sung in the studio with someone else, especially not with someone whose voice is as good as Ronnie’s,” shared Brown. “For him to be looking at me on the other side of the glass, and both of us singing, it was just awesome. It felt like we just got comfortable around each other, so we were really able to kill it.”
Brooks & Dunn’s new album Reboot will be available beginning April 5. Take a behind-the-scenes look at their time in the studio with Combs and Brown in the videos above.